Jordan container terminal expansion project, phosphate port opened

25 October 2013 15:31  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A new container terminal expansion project and phosphate port have been opened in Aqaba, Jordan, according to Jordan News Agency (PETRA) on Friday.

The project, opened by King Abdullah II, is located in the southernmost part of Aqaba’s port complex and includes a 4m tonne/year phosphate rock terminal with truck unloading and handling facilities, storage facilities, pipe conveyors and other marine terminal facilities.

The expanded terminal has a wider 1,000m (3,280ft) berth, extended from 540m, and an upgraded anchorage able to accommodate three ships at the same time. This will provide accelerated logistic services to investors.

After the expansion, the terminal, which deals with 20 major international shipping lines, will be able to handle 1.5m containers annually, and further expansion is planned in three to five years to increase the capacity to 2.2m containers.

The $240m (€173m) phosphate terminal has a storage capacity of 240,000 tonnes. Its handling capacity is expected to reach 6m tonnes/year, it features a 200m berth, and can accommodate ships of various sizes, from 5,000-100,000 tonnes. 

($1 = €0.72)

By: Sylvia Traganida

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